Trekking Ecuadorian Highlands 11 days

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Trekking Ecuadorian Highlands

The Ecuadorian Andes, creating a natural divide between Amazon and Coastal regions, is an area of astounding beauty and diversity. The striking peaks of the volcanoes provide a magical backdrop to the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the valleys. This region has an extensive range of tempting trekking and walking options… from a stroll along an Andean valley to the heights of Chimborazo!

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Short acclimatisation hike on Guagua Pichincha

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture, hiking #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

  • Quilotoa Crater hike

Highlights # spectacular views, hiking, nature #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Latacung


Overnight: Machachi area

  • Camino de contrabandistas hike
  • Visit to the wonderful ‘Pailón del Diablo’ waterfalls

Highlights # waterfall views, hiking, nature #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Baños

  • Free day to simply relax, or try out some of the adrenaline activities on offer in the town

Highlights # relax, thermal baths, adrenaline activities, valley views #

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Baños

  • 3 day hike along the historical Ecuadorian Inca trail, with horse to carry equipment

Highlights # Inca trail, history, culture, lagoon landscapes #

Activity length: Approx 5 hrs per day

 Overnight: nights 6 & 7 camping along the trail, night 8 Cuenca

  • Half day city tour of Cuenca, UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Afternoon to explore Cuenca further or relax in the thermal baths of Baños de Cuenca

Highlights # history, culture, architecture, relax #

Activity length: Approx 4 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

  • Hike on a section of the Inca trail found within El Cajas National Park

Highlights # Inca trail, hiking, wildlife, land of lagoons, history #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galapagos, Amazon or Northern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1 hr

This tour is also possible in the reverse direction – Guayaquil to Quito.

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Price: from $2420 p/p
Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people


  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package


  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips

Polylepis Tours

Polylepis Tours is a Tour Operator dedicated to delivering the best of Ecuador’s four regions to our clients. Bringing together the finest of our local providers, to showcase the amazing diversity that this wonderful country has to offer.